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Self Assembly Pope

Rating: 3.45

One of the final few new beers from Brewdog that I managed to try right at the end of last year, this one is their small batch American porter that comes in at 7.4% and features a pretty nice label designed by Florian Schommer. The beer is one that I grabbed towards the end of last year from their Glasgow BottleDog and sampled over the Christmas holidays, intrigued by the promise of vanilla bean and coconut flavours on top of a smooth mouthfeel; definitely one to get excited about. Going in I was hoping that this one would be a good end to the year from Brewdog but I’m already looking forward to trying a few of the beers they’ve already announced for 2017, in the meantime here is what I thought of this one.


Appearance (4/5): A very dark looking beer, this one is quite a deep and dark brown that has hints of mahogany showing underneath a creamy, tan brown head. The head itself looks quite thick and holds pretty well over the opening couple of minutes, leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass as I worked my way through the beer too.
Aroma (7/10): Quite a sweet nose with a lot of caramel showing initially but some light alcohol notes also made an appearance. There was some decent coconut and a few grains with brown sugar nearer the middle and it was definitely a stronger beer on the nose than I’d expected. I got some solid vanilla notes nearer the end with a warming alcohol nose rounding things off nicely.
Taste (7/10): Like the nose, this was quite a sweet and strong-tasting beer with a lot of coconut featuring in the early going which was nice. There was plenty of chocolate flavours backed up with a lot of vanilla from the nose too, both of these adding to the sweetness of the beer. It was a little boozy nearer the end with some sugars and a nice alcohol kick featuring alongside the darker malts and roasted flavours you expect from an American style porter; interesting stuff.
Palate (3/5): Medium bodied and very sweet, this one came through with a lot of sugars on top of a warming alcohol body that got more boozy towards the end. The porter had soft carbonation and hinted at a creamy feel with some touches of spice nearer the end but it did turn out to be a little strong at times.

Overall (13/20): An interesting beer this one, it was definitely a lot sweeter than I’d anticipated going in thanks to the sugars, vanilla and coconut as well as a few touches of chocolate with the taste. It didn’t overpower as such but it was quite a strong offering too, there was certainly a little more alcohol showing at times than I’d have liked from this one and it gave the beer a somewhat harsh feel due to the alcohol grains. It was still a drinkable and, to a certain extent, an enjoyable offering with some darker malts and roasted flavours near the end but I’m not sure it is one that I’d have again I’m afraid; hopefully the next new offering from Brewdog will be better.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2016
Type: American Porter
Abv: 7.4%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog BottleDog (Glasgow)
Price: £3.00

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